Bellingrath Gardens and Home was the creation of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bellingrath. The Gardens first opened to the public in 1932 while a national garden club meeting was taking place in Mobile. Mr. Bellingrath placed an ad in the Mobile paper, announcing that anyone who would like to see the spring garden could do so free of charge. After an overwhelming response, the couple decided to keep the gardens open year-round, beginning in 1934.Throughout the year, this 65 acre Garden Estate is in full bloom with camellias in the winter, azaleas in the spring, roses in the summer, chrysanthemums in autumn and Magic Christmas in Lights during the holiday season.
Best known for its 65 acres of breathtaking gardens, enclosed by ancient oaks and Spanish moss, the Bellingrath Gardens and Home display beautiful plants and flowers blooming year round, along with the native birds and other animals that roam the grounds. In addition to its garden areas, including one of the best public rose gardens in the nation, visitors can tour the 1935 English Renaissance mansion in which the Bellingrath family lived, now displaying a lovely collection of decorative arts. Located beside Fowl River just a few miles inland from Mobile Bay, visitors can also board the Southern Belle River Cruiser for a scenic 45-minute boat tour of the area.